If there’s one thing that we love it’s rivalries. Nothing makes anything more exciting for a viewer than two heavy-hitter directors battling it out with two movies focussing on the same thing. It now looks like that old Academy Award rivals Harvey Weinstein and Steven Spielberg are about to knock heads over Edgardo Mortara.
You may recall that we reported Steven Spielberg to be making The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The movie focuses on a young Italian Jewish boy who is kidnapped in 1858 and raised in The Vatican as a catholic. Spielberg has his best friend Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG) on board to play Pope Pius IX but also Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is a part of the film in an unknown role.
Harvey Weinstein, however, is rolling up his sleeves and getting ready to rumble with his own Edgardo Mortara story. It’s quite early days for Weinstein but he is currently looking at bringing on Robert DeNiro for the role of Pope Pius IX. DeNiro V Rylance would definitely be one hell of a performance showdown but we do assume that the two movies will be looking at two different aspects of the controversial true story of Mortara’s upbringing by the Papacy.
Weinstein will have some advantage here as he is set to begin filming in January next year whereas Spielberg is currently busy with Ready Player One and won’t get to film until a little later next spring. This could lead to quite the battle in the 2018 Academy Awards, or at least we hope so!